Union Grove still unbeaten, Luella's Johnson cracks 1,000-yard club and Cards beat Panthers in county's oldest rivalry

Moon Makes Immediate Impact

Union Grove freshman running back T.J. Moon's journey this season has come full circle.

The bruising runner began the year at Luella, transferred to Union Grove and then to Strong Rock Christian Academy.

But now he's back at Union Grove and making an immediate impact.

Moon had six carries for 18 yards on Friday night in Union Grove's 10-6 victory at Luella after starting tailback Donovan Johnson left in the second quarter with a high ankle sprain.

His 3-yard run was the only touchdown the Wolverines scored on a soggy night.

Not bad for someone who hasn't had a chance to grasp Union Grove's playbook yet.

"Most of it's just trying to go out there and do what I can," Moon said. "This is the best team I've ever been around, so I just try to go do what I can do for them."

Moon, who's only been at Union Grove for a week, said he didn't expect to get carries against Luella, but Union Grove coach Steven Collins said he intended to let Moon make an appearance.

"We wanted to give him some reps," Collins said. "He's going to be tough for us, so he got his feet wet [Friday]."

Moon said he's excited to experience Union Grove's playoff run, which it clinched with its victory over Luella.

"Now I feel like I'm a part of everybody," Moon said. "Everybody accepted me and everything. I feel good."

-Brian Paglia

Johnson Reaches Achievement

Though Johnson missed the second half against Luella, he managed to pass 1,000 yards rushing on the season Friday.

Johnson came into the game with 985 yards. A 5-yard run on his sixth carry gave him exactly 1,000 yards. Johnson finished the night with 65 yards on 17 carries.

Johnson has 1,050 yards rushing on 174 carries and 13 touchdowns on the season.

-Brian Paglia

Old School Flavor

Jonesboro beat Forest Park 24-17 at Tara Stadium in the county's oldest rivalry game. These two schools have been banging heads on the gridiron since 1952.

The Cardinals now stand at 5-2 overall and 4-1 in Region 4-AAAA. The school's five wins is the most since 2002, when they advanced to the first round of the playoffs under Tommy Webb.

Since returning to his old stomping ground in 2006, Jonesboro grad Clint Satterfield has improved the Cardinals' record, going 2-8 in his first season, 3-7 in 2007 and the current mark of 4-2.

-Rory Sharrock

Not Just a Softball School

While the softball team makes all the headlines for its run at a third-straight state title, Eagle's Landing Christian Academy's football squad is quietly flying under the radar.

ELCA blew out Pace 27-0 Friday night and is tied for first place at 5-0 in Region 5-A.

Friday night's win in the rain was a complete team victory on offense, defense and special teams.

The Chargers' defense held Pace to 10 yards of total offense in the first half and they also blocked a punt and returned the ball back for a touchdown. Running back Van Jakes cracked the century mark, rushing for 126 yards.

-Rory Sharrock

New Region, Same Old Results

Its been all systems go for the Henry County Warhawks in Region 4-AA. Realignment hasn't hurt the Warhawks one bit this season as they improved to 4-0 in league play after beating Southwest (Macon) 36-28 this past Thursday in Macon.

Dating back to 2006, when it played in Region 4A-AAA, Henry County was won 11-straight league games. This week, the Warhawks hit the road for Macon once again when they play Northeast.

-Rory Sharrock

Up and Down Bulldogs Finally Score at Tara

After going scoreless in two straight games at Tara Stadium, Mt. Zion finally crossed the goal line Thursday night in its 21-14 victory over Dutchtown.

Running back Quartterio Morgan broke the streak when he took it in for a 3-yard run in the second quarter.

Since knocking off previously state-ranked Griffin 30-16 on Sept. 19, Mt. Zion has gone 2-2. The Bulldogs are in third place in Region 4-AAAA at 4-2 and look poised to make a run at the playoffs, however the coaching staff has stressed consistency if they are to achieve their preseason goals.

"We're growing up in ways I could never describe. We have ups and downs. This week is an up and as a coach, it's my job to find out how to keep us there," said Mt. Zion head coach Jarrett Laws.

-Rory Sharrock